I have a special little friend that has been visiting me on an almost daily basis over the past couple of months … a very cute little Chickadee. I do quite a bit of knitting outdoors and I toss my yarn ends on the ground because the birds like to use them for nesting material and she started out by swiping them as soon as I set foot in the house. She gradually became braver and braver until she was gathering the yarn ends right off my desk in the kitchen while I was sitting there! Most days she just likes to perch and watch me work. So this Friday’s finished object is a tribute to her.
I used two different patterns as the basis for this hat. The Chickadee chart comes from the Chickadee Ski Hat by by Susan Anderson-Freed and the crown comes from Selbu Modern by Kate Gagnon Osborn. I chose to use some lovely DK weight merino and merino/samoyed yarns and 3.5mm needle to knit this hat so the charts had to be modified a bit so that the finished hat would be the correct size. I’m pretty happy with the finished hat and I believe that my Chickadee friend is as well!
Have you finished up any new projects this week? I’d love for you to share!
I have some exciting new … The Queen Of Hearts Fingerless Glove pattern is almost ready for release! In celebration, I am doing a giveaway. One lucky blog reader and one lucky facebook fan will win a free copy the pattern PRE-RELEASE. They’ll get to see it before everyone else!
To enter the blog giveaway, simply leave a comment below.
Ton enter the facebook giveaway, visit my facebook page and like, comment, and share the giveaway post. All three steps must be completed for your entry to be valid.
Deadline to enter is 5pm Atlantic Time on August 4th and the winner will be announced here on my blog and on facebook on August 5th.
Queen Of Hears Fingerless Gloves will be available for download through Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy starting August 9th.
Stay tuned for tomorrows post on the pattern specifics and details.
Happy Tuesday all!
Today’s WIP Wednesday post is extra thrilling for me. I’m going to do something super scary and completely new to me …. I’m finally taking the leap. This is the week that I take scissors to my knitting for my first ever steeks. Yay!
I’ve wanted to try steeking something for several years now and have just been too terrified to give it a go. Each year in January I say to myself, “I’ll do it this year … This is the year of the Steek for me!” and then I chicken out. Well, not this time! After knitting the Mushroom Hat and receiving some kind words of encouragement from Adrian I’m finally ready to give it a try.
Last night, after I put the kiddos to bed, I searched through my stash of bits and bobs of handspun and found a happy mix of colors to cast on the Mushroom Pulse Warmers. I am flying right through that knitting … I’ll be finished this afternoon and will wash and block tonight … and am eagerly anticipating the steeking process. Keep your fingers crossed, I’m hoping that I get they dry by tomorrow! lol
I was browsing through Ravelry recently and came across Little Owls Blanket Charts by huizeStinesen and fell in love. The owls are just so cute! I would love to knit the blanket eventually but knew that I definitely wanted to knit the little owls into a fun, instant gratification project now. So I started planning for a hat. Using my trusty 4.5mm needles and some worsted weight yarn, I whipped up a little owls hat in no time flat. This baby is my second and I’m hooked!
So what are you working on at the moment? I’d love to hear all about it!
As I mentioned in my post on April 4th, I’ve been hard at work creating a fun new spring hat pattern. The hat pattern is written for two different lengths and since the 4th’s post featured pictures of the shorter version, I though that I would share a couple of picture of the taller version.
In the taller version of the pattern, the leaves on the crown are much more prominent. It makes me day dream of birch trees in all their splendor and glory.
Be sure to leave a comment on this April 4th’s post to enter the giveaway to win an advance copy of the pattern.
Until then, happy knitting, spinning and crafting!
Spring has sprung but the weather here is still cool so I’ve been working on a new hat pattern to keep the spring chill at bay.
Printemps features a traditional stranded colorwork rabbit pattern (one of the surest signs of spring around here) mixed with a budding foliage crown. It is worked in two colors of your favorite fingering weight yarn on 3 mm needles and the pattern includes two length options.
The pattern has just finished being test knit and is being prettied up for release on April 16th. So to celebrate Spring and a fresh new hat pattern, I will be giving away a copy of Printemps to one lucky blog commenter 3 DAYS EARLY. Yay!
The winner will be the very first person to check out the finished pattern!
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post on your absolute favorite way to ring in spring. The winner will be drawn using random.org on April 13th.
Happy knitting everyone and happy Spring!
I love finding fun new stranded knitting projects … especially when they feature wildlife motifs.
During a Ravelry search just a few days ago, I came across Susan Anderson-Freed’s delightful book “Colorwork Creations: Knit Woodland Inspired Hats, Mittens, And Gloves” and fell immediately in love with the Chickadee Ski Hat. And what is cuter than a Chickadee?
I bought the kindle version of the book and I can honestly tell you, trying to decide upon which project to start first was a real challenge … I want to knit them ALL! But the Chickadee just had to be first.
- Hat is knit in fingering weight yarn. I chose Belfast Mini Mills Specialty Sock in a lovely heathered brown and an off white.
- 2.75 mm needles
- I cast on enough stitches for 4 repeats of the chickadee chart and mixed and matched the other motifs from other hats in the book. The crown is from the Cardinal Hat.
The next time I knit this hat, because I will definitely be knitting it again, I think that I’ll start with the little flower chart and reverse the colors, knit the chickadee chart, work another flower chart to match the first and then knit the crown from the Cardinal hat.
Can’t wait to try out some more of these patterns. I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures as I knit my way through this book.
This hat was quite surprisingly a very quick knit! I started knitting it yesterday evening and finished it this morning. Yay for really fun knits!
My Selbu Modern was knit in Belfast Mini Mills Specialty Sock Yarn on 2.75mm needles. I wanted my hat to have more of a watchcap shape rather than the slouchie fit the pattern calls for so my mods were as follows:
- Cast on 120 sts and worked the ribbing as directed
- In preparation for the colorwork, I increased 24 sts evenly across 1 round
- Worked 6 pattern repeats per round
- Started knitting at chart row 11
I enjoyed knitting this hat so much that I can’t wait to knit another!
What are your favorite quick knit projects? I’d love to hear!
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been hard at work on a new pattern. I gave a few hints about the design and promised to show a few spoiler pics.
I would like to introduce you to the Queen Of Hearts.
My super awesome test knitters have been really quick going through and test knitting the pattern and I can’t thank you all enough! The Queen Of Hearts is scheduled for release on Wednesday, February 1st but I may post it sooner so keep your eyes tuned to the my blog.
I am also working on a companion pattern to the Queen Of Hears so check back often for hints and spoilers!